welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. israeli military commanders are mobilizing tanks and putting tens of thousands of reserve troops on stand by in their ongoing campaign against gaza. as their air force attacks from the sky there ground forces are prepa preparing. israeli war planes have pounded gaza for the past three days. the attacks have killed at least 28 people. one of the first victims was the military chief of hamas. palestinian fighters have
retaliated by firing rockets at israel. one of the rockets hit the outskirts of jerusalem for the first time in decades. another hit tel aviv. the government is prepared to moblize reserve troops near the border with gaza. egypt's prime minister visited the palestinian territory and warned israel against carrying out a major assault. >> translator: egypt has gone through a revolution. the new egypt will take every measure to stop israel from carrying out such attacks. >> egyptian citizens are also speaking out about israel's moves in gaza. they have shown anger over the attacks.
thousands of egyptians rallied in the capital of cairo. they burned flags to show egypt stands with palestine. protesters took to the streets in iran too. many young people gathered in the capital tehran following friday prayers. they marched with banners that expressed their support for gaza's residents. some chanted death to israel. >> translator: i will fight against israel until the last drop of blood is shed. >> analysts expect more demonstrations could break out if the gaza offense continues. the united nations spokesperson says secretary general pan gi moon is extremely worried about the violence in palestine and israel. they are telling israel to
maintain maximum restraint. president barack obama and members of congress met to try to bring an end to a fiscal cliff. obama invited bipartisan congressional leaders on friday. senate majority leader harry reid, a democrat, and republican house speaker john boehner were among those attending. the president called for high income workers in the u.s. to pay more in taxes. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. we've got to make sure that taxes don't go up on middle class families, that our economy remains strong, that we're creating jobs. >> the republican speaker of the house of representatives asked for a balanced approach. republicans have been called for added revenue through curbs on tax deductions and credits.
>> i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fair and balanced approach. >> any new legislation must be enacted before the end of december to keep the u.s. from plunging off that fiscal cliff. senior diplomats from japan and north korea wrapped up a round of talks in mongolia and have reported some progress. the north koreans also say they're open to talking about their country's abductions of nationals. they don't seem to go farther until japan has a new government. negotiators held two days of level walking level talks. they agreed to repatriate -- in what's now known as north korea around the end of world war ii. they also agreed to deepen their discussions on north korea's nuclear and missile programs. the north koreans said they're open to talking about the
country's abductions of japanese nationals in the 1970s and '80s. but they don't appear ready to start those talks until a new government comes to power in japan. north korean envoy said negotiators on both sides have spoken. they agreed to improve relations based on the declaration signed in 2002. the negotiators agreed to meet again as soon as possible. a u.s. diplomatic official has weighed in on a territorial dispute between japan and china. she urged leaders to reconcile in the east china sea. tara zonenshine spoke to nhk in tokyo. she explained how u.s. leaders see the territorial dispute.
>> we don't take take a position on the sovereignty question. but we do want to see peaceful reconciliation of these issues. >> sonenshine says japanese and chinese students have told her they want better relations between their countries. she said leaders can resolve all the big issues if they remember the wishes of young people. she also said america's relationship with japan is a corner stone of security in the asia-pacific region. she will plant dogwood trees in tokyo as a show of relationship. health officials in uganda with dealing with an outbreak of e bow la. doctors are helping them try to help stop the virus from spend
pg. >> ebola has broken out in the country. >> ugandan officials say the disease killed three people in late october and november. they say the victims lived in a town near the capital. ebola symptoms include a high fever and bleeding all over the body. there's no known cure. 50 to 90% of people who contract the virus die. officials with the world health organization say 329 people were affected and more than half died. a japanese researcher is helped to build a stronger heart. they used induced stem cells one that could develop into any type of blood tissue. scientists had considered glucose to be necessary in
cultivating heart muscle. a team challenged that notion. they removed all glucose from their cultures and replaced it with lactose. almost all cells died of malnutrition. they used the culture to grow heart muscles from ips cells. they transplanted itself into a mouse. they didn't find any abnormalities. >> translator: we were we can overcome one of the hurdles to regenerate the heart muscle. this may be a step forward in regenerative medicine. >> the new method is expected to help create heart muscle cells efficiently and at a lower cost. coming up, the three-day world weather forecast.